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Top Outdoor Summer Camps in Calgary

Published Mar 10, 2020

Summertime is approaching, and it's time to decide where to send the kids to camp. Here are our favorite outdoor/adventure choices around Calgary:

Top Outdoor Summer Camps in Calgary

Now that spring has finally sprung and the weather is heating up it is time to start thinking about summer. We absolutely love the idea of sending your kids to an outdoor summer camp. Why not let them soak up some sweet Vitamin D and have a blast with their best friends! In order to help, we’ve filtered through all the local outdoor kids camps and compiled a list of only the best and brightest.


Atlantis Programs Inc. and Pedalheads® provides innovative and effective learn to bike and swim programs for kids 2-12 years old. Since 1986 they have taught children to ride and swim, using our own teaching methods, combined with small classes and exceptional instructors. Summer camps are offered around Calgary. Click here for more information.

Clip Clop, Inc

Clip Clop, Inc offers week-long summer camps, all summer long! Half day camps are offered for riders ages 5-8, and full day camps are offered to riders ages 6-16. Your child's camp week will include games, activities, themes for each day, horse husbandry, and horseback riding lessons! 

Ironstone Farms

Ironstone Farms is the place to take your riding to the next level, with their NCCP and Equine Canada certified coaches.

The Rookie Rider program is meant to be a fun and safe way to introduce kids between 6-12 yr of age to riding skills, horse and horse man ship. The program includes warm up games, riding and vaulting skills on a barrel horse and and riding a pony or horse on a lunge line. All of the Rookie Rider coaches are nationally certified coaches by NCCP and Equine Canada!

Full training program is for riders who are keen to develop in the sport and reach their competition goals.  Ironstone Farms' training program is developed by top level certified coaches.  With over 20 competitions throughout the year within a 10km radius, Ironstone Farms' is the base for any aspiring rider. 

Butterfield Acres

Summer day camp at Butterfield Acres features tailored activities for your child's stage of development, attention span, motor skill development, physical endurance and social skills.

Kids will learn all about animals in the fresh air of a countryside environment. Families can join in on the hoedown on the final day of camp to celebrate an awesome week!  


Camp Woods

Camp Woods was developed by Scouts in Red Deer who needed a summer camp where young Scouts could develop their leadership and skills in the great outdoors. They are thrilled to share their passion for adventure with Scouts and non-Scouts through their summer kids camp programs, as well as with schools and other groups through the off-season.

Camp JCC

Camp JCC is open to everyone! They offer a variety of fun themed general and specialized half and full day camps for children 3 to 12 years old. Whether your child loves sports, arts, dance, LEGO®, technology or drama, the JCC has a camp for you! All camps include fun indoor and outdoor activities, as well as a weekly out trip. Pre/post camp and lunch programs are also available.

Kayben Farms

Kayben farms is offering summer day camps which are a week of natural play, fuelled by imagination, where building and creating come first. Camps are appropriate for kids age 6-10 years. Campers will spend the day outside, making their own fun.Guided by enthusiastic and trained staff at the farm, campers will interact with the animals, take nature walks and hikes, learn about native plants & wildlife, play games, contribute to the farm and most importantly make new friends.

Full & half day camps are available at the farm.

McKenzie Towne Council

McKenzie Towne Summer Camps offer fun and dynamic summer activities for children ages 5-12. They take pride in engaging your children, expanding their horizons and letting them be kids! Camps run from June – August with 7 different themes to choose from.

Summit Kids

This innovative arts & recreation program resides at West Hillhurst Community Centre in north central Calgary. Summit leaders ensure that kids are safe, having fun and engaged in interesting activities. Typical program plans include sports and recreational activities both outdoors and in the gym, arts & crafts, challenge activities, building with equipment and endless opportunities to learn through play.  

Camp Bonaventure

Camp Bonaventure is ran by Between Friends. Their programs provide unique opportunities for individuals with disabilities to have social interaction with peers who may or may not have a disability. Their camp creates a summer full of excitement, friendship and fun! Camp Bonaventure is available to children and youth with and without a disability from the age of 4 - 17 years old. 

Camp Impeesa offers weekly summer camp for six days/five nights off the shores of Beaver Mines Lake, looking up to Table Mountain. Send your kid to camp for as little as $500 with group rates and early bird pricing where they'll experience outdoor skills like canoeing, hiking, climbing, tomahawk throwing, and ziplining! Special weeks for horseback riding and mountain biking. The camp location is just 2h 30m south of Calgary, and they also offer bus transportation.

If this article sparked your curiosity and you are now in hot pursuit of discovering the most epic outdoor summer camp for your kids, we highly recommend checking out our comprehensive list of summer camps. Finding the coolest local kids camps and classes is our specialty and we are more than happy to help!

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